A study of bicycle infrastructure in Montreal found that cyclists are safer and more abundant when they have their own bike paths that are separated from traffic by a physical barrier. Despite their success in encouraging biking, current federal guidelines discourage installation of such paths and some cycling groups disagree about whether bikes should be treated exactly the same as autos.
The first draft transportation budget from the House of Representatives is raising some red flags among transit advocates. For the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, the proposal calls for a $430 million cut in transit infrastructure investment, which could dramatically affect the ability of cities to manage congestion and to provide an affordable alternative to driving.
Why are Americans driving less? (Infrastructurist)
Infrastructurist breaks down a few arguments made at the New York Times Freakonomics blog. You might have thought that it’s high gas prices. As it turns out, the amount that Americans drive started to decline in 2004, long before the price spiked in 2008 and then remained relatively high. The article instead suggests that the overall decline is due to less driving by merican youth, who tend to prefer living in walkable communities.
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